Australia tour of India, 2008/09 / Commentary

Border-Gavaskar Trophy - 1st Test

India v Australia

Match drawn

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150

35.1

Watson to Ganguly, 1 no ball, Watson, round the wicket, too wide, and Ganguly doesn't need to play at it

35.1

Watson to Ganguly, no run

35.2

Watson to Ganguly, no run, wide, short, and cut away, but can't find the gap there. Perhaps too wide to be playing at, at this point of time

35.3

Watson to Ganguly, no run, wide again, and short, and Ganguly reaches out for the cut, timing and placement are not great, though

35.4

Watson to Ganguly, no run, wide, but fuller, and defended

35.5

Watson to Ganguly, no run, wide and short again, and this time Ganguly lets it go

35.6

Watson to Ganguly, no run, fuller, on target, and defended pat back to the bowler

India 110/4   SC Ganguly 0* (7b)

37.1

Watson to Ganguly, no run, wide again, angling in, and Ganguly lets it go

37.2

Watson to Ganguly, (no ball) FOUR, uppish cut here, don't think he heard the no-ball call before going for it, but it was wide and he flashed hard at it, the thickish edge goes wide of second slip

37.2

Watson to Ganguly, no run, left alone this time, it was wide and short, but Ganguly doesn't go for the shot

37.3

Watson to Ganguly, 2 runs, vintage Ganguly there, opens the face just a bit, sqaure drive finds the gap between gully and point who are standing almost next to each other. Hussey dives desperately to save the boundary, and the batsmen have taken two only. Vintage Ganguly again

37.4

Watson to Ganguly, no run, tries the bouncer, but Ganguly sees it early, and ducks early too

37.5

Watson to Ganguly, no run, wide, moving away a bit, and Ganguly shoulders arms

37.6

Watson to Ganguly, no run, straighter this time from Watson, it's better stuff, on a length, around off stump, and makes Ganguly play, who defends it off the back foot

India 117/4   SC Ganguly 6* (14b 1x4)

38.5

Clark to Ganguly, no run, on the length, starting within the stumps, and going away with the angle, Ganguly gets beside the line and plays into the covers

38.6

Clark to Ganguly, 1 run, on the pads this time, and turned away to backward square leg for a single

India 125/4   SC Ganguly 7* (16b 1x4)

39.1

Watson to Ganguly, no run, Watson find accuracy at last, this one starts just outside off, goes in with the arm, and also bounces more than expected. Ganguly misses it and takes a blow around the waist

39.2

Watson to Ganguly, no run, wider, straightening, and staying low, but Ganguly is right forward to counter any variable bounce

39.3

Watson to Ganguly, no run, moving in again, staying a touch low again, Ganguly gets the bat down in time, and plays it to mid-off

39.4

Watson to Ganguly, no run, misunderstanding again, Ganguly opens the face and plays it square, and wants a single instantly, but Dravid is clear in his loud shouts of "no, no". Behind square, non-striker's call

39.5

Watson to Ganguly, no run, wide and full, and Ganguly lets that one go

39.6

Watson to Ganguly, no run, angling in to the pads, and Ganguly looks to turn it around the corner, but it is slower than expected, and hence goes towards short midwicket

India 125/4   SC Ganguly 7* (22b 1x4)

41.5

White to Ganguly, no run, fuller, flighted a bit, and on the stumps, and defended

41.6

White to Ganguly, no run, almost a return catch, full on the off stump, Ganguly closes the face early, and the leading edge falls a bit too wide of White

India 133/4   SC Ganguly 7* (24b 1x4)

42.3

Clark to Ganguly, no run, nearly got him there, wide, swinging away, Ganguly reaches out, it's so wide he loses his balance, and somehow fails to edge it. Ganguly is furious. Walks all the way back to square leg

42.4

Clark to Ganguly, no run, opens the face to a wide one, but top effort from Hussey at point, diving to his left

42.5

Clark to Ganguly, no run, full, driving length, just outside the off stump, but moving away with the angle, so Ganguly lets it go. Better from him this time

42.6

Clark to Ganguly, no run, even wider, and Ganguly is not repeating the mistake from the third ball of the over, and lets this one go

India 134/4   SC Ganguly 7* (28b 1x4)

45.1

Watson to Ganguly, 1 no ball, starts wide from round the stumps, straightens a bit, and Ganguly can let it go without thinking twice. Big no-ball too

45.1

Watson to Ganguly, no run, wide again, angling in, but not enough to make Ganguly consider playing at that

45.2

Watson to Ganguly, no run, more accurate this time, making Ganguly play around the off stump, played with an open face into the covers

45.3

Watson to Ganguly, 1 run, wide, and full, Ganguly is onto the drive in a flash, but the sweeper cover is in place

45.5

Watson to Ganguly, no run, digs it in short, around the off-stump line, but Ganguly is up on his toes, and plays it down

45.6

Watson to Ganguly, no run, wide, short, there for the cut, Ganguly goes for it, but can't pierce the two gullies in place

India 144/4   SC Ganguly 8* (34b 1x4)

46.2

Clark to Ganguly, no run, on a length, around the off stump, Ganguly plays with soft hands and an open face, but Hussey is alert and doesn't allow the single

46.3

Clark to Ganguly, 2 runs, lovely shot, but not enough power, it was wide of off, and Ganguly his foot down, waited for the ball to come on, and pushed it between mid-off and extra cover; Lee does good retrieving and keeps them down to two

46.4

Clark to Ganguly, no run, fuller, around off stump again, Ganguly has got the front foot down, and defended into the covers

46.5

Clark to Ganguly, no run, shorter, quicker, and wide, and left alone

46.6

Clark to Ganguly, no run, on a length, stays low, is accurate, but Ganguly does well to keep it out

India 147/4   SC Ganguly 10* (39b 1x4)

48.1

Clark to Ganguly, no run, juicy half-volley outside off stump, Ganguly goes to drive it big, but plays it straight to Lee at mid-off

48.2

Clark to Ganguly, no run, this one is straighter, and a touch shorter and slower, Ganguly leans in and plays it back straight down

48.3

Clark to Ganguly, no run, wide, and angling away, Haddin collects it in front of the first slip

48.4

Clark to Ganguly, 1 run, wide, half-volley, driven away towards sweeper cover. Looking good while playing these drives, is Ganguly

48.6

Clark to Ganguly, no run, straighter to Ganguly this time, but Ganguly is solid in defence

India 153/4   SC Ganguly 11* (44b 1x4)

50.1

Lee to Ganguly, no run, full just around off stump and he drives to mid-off

50.2

Lee to Ganguly, 1 run, wide again and driven with an open face to sweeper-cover

India 156/5   SC Ganguly 12* (46b 1x4)

51.1

Watson to Ganguly, no run, ah, a bouncer now that surprises Ganguly, Watson runs in from around the stumps and drops it short, Ganguly takes his eyes off the ball and fends at it, taking a hand off the handle, and the ball lobs to the off side

51.2

Watson to Ganguly, no run, full outside off stump and he leaves it alone

51.3

Watson to Ganguly, no run, full again, too wide, and Ganguly can leave those all day

51.4

Watson to Ganguly, 1 run, slides down the pads and he helps it to Lee at fine leg

India 157/5   SC Ganguly 13* (50b 1x4)

53.3

Clarke to Ganguly, no run, shortish and wide, looks to cut, but this one stays low

53.4

Clarke to Ganguly, no run, fuller, and played straight back to the bowler

53.5

Clarke to Ganguly, no run, Ganguly steps down this time, but gets too close to the pitch of the ball, and while he gets the power into it, doesn't get any elevation, and plays straight to mid-on

53.6

Clarke to Ganguly, no run, nothing shot this, looks to late-cut a fullish delivery, with a slip waiting, and is beaten

India 160/5   SC Ganguly 13* (54b 1x4)

55.1

Clarke to Ganguly, 4 byes, extra bounce for Clarke, bowled flatter, hit a crack, and exploded. Haddin has no chance

55.2

Clarke to Ganguly, no run, full, almost yorker, and defended

55.3

Clarke to Ganguly, FOUR, top shot, steps down, right to pitch of the ball, and flat-batted straight. Mid-off has no chance

55.4

Clarke to Ganguly, 1 run, full, on the pads, and worked away to the leg side

India 169/5   SC Ganguly 18* (58b 2x4)

56.3

Lee to Ganguly, 1 run, short of a length, outside off, Ganguly drops and runs, Hussey is sharp, but Ganguly is in the way of the throw. Smart running

56.5

Lee to Ganguly, 1 run, well played Ganguly, this was dug in short, was quick, and stayed low, and was headed for the off stump. Ganguly gets his bat down in time, what's more he drops and runs a sharp single

India 174/5   SC Ganguly 20* (60b 2x4)

57.1

Clarke to Ganguly, no run, wide, full, and left alone

57.2

Clarke to Ganguly, 1 run, wide and full again, Ganguly thinks he can place it, and place it he does to sweeper cover

India 175/5   SC Ganguly 21* (62b 2x4)

58.1

Lee to Ganguly, no run, another bouncer, but too short, and Ganguly ducks in easily

58.2

Lee to Ganguly, no run, fuller this time, around off stump, Ganguly opens the face but can't find the gap

58.3

Lee to Ganguly, no run, wide, angling away, and left alone without trouble

58.4

Lee to Ganguly, no run, on the off-stump line, a touch slower, and played towards point

58.5

Lee to Ganguly, no run, attempted bouncer again, this one doesn't rise high enough, but is too wide to make Ganguly fend

58.6

Lee to Ganguly, 1 run, angling away from off stump, opens the face of the bat to place it to sweeper cover

India 176/5   SC Ganguly 22* (68b 2x4)

59.1

Clarke to Ganguly, 1 run, fulltoss, placed away just to left of sweeper cover, but Johnson does well to keep them down to one

59.3

Clarke to Ganguly, no run, full, on the pads, and defended it to leg

59.4

Clarke to Ganguly, no run, full, outside off, turning in, Ganguly is down to the pitch and defends

59.5

Clarke to Ganguly, no run, starighter and played back to the bowler

59.6

Clarke to Ganguly, no run, a touch shorter, Ganguly looks to force it through the off side, but it's not short enough, Ganguly doesn't quite get the timing

India 178/5   SC Ganguly 23* (73b 2x4)

60.5

White to Ganguly, 1 run, short and wide, and cut away to the sweeper

India 180/5   SC Ganguly 24* (74b 2x4)

61.1

Clarke to Ganguly, no run, wide and full, and left alone

61.2

Clarke to Ganguly, no run, wide, full, and padded away

61.3

Clarke to Ganguly, no run, even fuller, on the stumps, and played back to the bowler

61.4

Clarke to Ganguly, 1 run, extra flight, wide, full, and driven away to sweeper cover

India 181/5   SC Ganguly 25* (78b 2x4)

62.1

White to Ganguly, no run, dipping, Ganguly looking to step down, is beaten in the flight, loses his footing, and somehow gets his pad into the way. Even looks for a single, but Rudi is alert, and doesn't allow it

62.2

White to Ganguly, 1 leg bye, shout, optimistic, fulltoss, outside leg

62.6

White to Ganguly, 1 run, edged, and wide of slip, this was a topspinner, around off stump, and Ganguly plays for legbreak, but this is straight, edged, but safe

India 184/5   SC Ganguly 26* (81b 2x4)

63.1

Clarke to Ganguly, 2 runs, missed out on it, it was very short, but stayed low a bit, Ganguly pulls it, not cleanly, and gets two to midwicket

63.2

Clarke to Ganguly, 1 run, sharp single, drops and runs

63.4

Clarke to Ganguly, 1 run, fulltoss, played down straight along the ground and down the ground

India 189/5   SC Ganguly 30* (84b 2x4)

64.1

White to Ganguly, FOUR, swept away fine, full and outside leg, and paddled away. First boundary for nine overs

64.2

White to Ganguly, no run, better line this time, and played back to the bowler

64.3

White to Ganguly, no run, another toppie, Ganguly looks to close the face, with the turn, but gets a leading edge, but this one doesn't go in the air

64.4

White to Ganguly, 1 run, short and wide again, and cut away to left of point for a single

India 194/5   SC Ganguly 35* (88b 3x4)

66.1

White to Ganguly, no run, flighted, straight, Ganguly is on the front foot to defend it

66.2

White to Ganguly, no run, full, outside off, Ganguly plays with open face into covers

66.3

White to Ganguly, no run, outside leg again, but dipping sharply, so Ganguly doesn't go for a shot

66.4

White to Ganguly, no run, straight, and spinning down the leg, and Ganguly pads it away

66.5

White to Ganguly, no run, nice on the target, not spinning much, and Ganguly plays it back to the bowler

66.6

White to Ganguly, no run, outside leg, full, and left alone by Ganguly, another good take by Haddin

India 195/6   SC Ganguly 35* (94b 3x4)

68.1

White to Ganguly, 1 run, on the pads, turned away for a single

68.6

White to Ganguly, no run, full, just outside off stump, Ganguly defends it with a big stride forward

India 207/6   SC Ganguly 36* (96b 3x4)

70.1

White to Ganguly, 1 run, short and on the middle stump, Ganguly pulls it ferociously, but Lee is there at three-quarters at mid-on

70.4

White to Ganguly, no run, played back to bowler

70.5

White to Ganguly, 1 run, swept away to fine leg, this one was on leg stump again

India 210/6   SC Ganguly 38* (99b 3x4)

71.1

Clarke to Ganguly, no run, fullish, and wide, but Ganguly looks to cut, but can't beat the point

71.2

Clarke to Ganguly, 1 run, tight single there, Harbhajan was slow to react, perhaps not expecting a tight single second ball of the over. He just got hime in the end, direct hit would have had him

71.5

Clarke to Ganguly, 1 run, fulltoss, played down the ground for an easy single

India 213/6   SC Ganguly 40* (102b 3x4)

72.5

White to Ganguly, no run, another flighted delivery, Ganguly is on the front foot to defend it

72.6

White to Ganguly, 1 run, run off a misfield, it was short and cut away towards point, where Johnson fumbled, Harbhajan was alert and called Ganguly over for a run. Ganguly collided with White at the non-striker's end too. White will now know it can never get disappointing enough

India 218/6   SC Ganguly 41* (104b 3x4)

73.1

Clarke to Ganguly, no run, flat outside off, cut away to point again

73.2

Clarke to Ganguly, 1 run, arm ball, Ganguly sees it's wide, and plays it just to the left of point and goes through for a quick single

73.5

Clarke to Ganguly, 1 run, lovely-looking shot, only for a single. overpitched and driven away

India 221/6   SC Ganguly 43* (107b 3x4)

74.1

White to Ganguly, no run, pushed through, and played with an open face

74.2

White to Ganguly, no run, big optimistic shout by Haddin, more out of having collected this way outside leg than conviction of an edge

74.3

White to Ganguly, no run, pushed through again, and defended in front of pad

74.4

White to Ganguly, 1 run, flighted on the pads, and played away nicely to wide of the three-quarter mid-on

India 222/6   SC Ganguly 44* (111b 3x4)

76.1

White to Ganguly, 1 run, short and wide, and cut away with ease

76.6

White to Ganguly, 2 runs, wide, short, Ganguly waits a fraction more, and cuts it squarer that he has been doing, and the placement earns him an extra run

India 231/6   SC Ganguly 47* (113b 3x4)

77.2

Johnson to Ganguly, no run, on the off stump, on a length, and Ganguly looks to steer it away, but can't get it finer of point

77.3

Johnson to Ganguly, OUT, and he's given him! Johnson gets Ganguly with one that pitches outside off stump and comes back in to rap the front flap, it looks to be marginally outside and Asad Rauf has a thought before adjudging it out ... the break in play has done Ganguly in

SC Ganguly lbw b Johnson 47 (193m 115b 3x4 0x6) SR: 40.86

India 232/7   SC Ganguly 47 (115b 3x4)
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